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Seattle teen reported being raped — and it took cops 10 years to bother testing her rape kit

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Seattle Police this week arrested a 52-year-old man after DNA evidence indicated that he had raped a teenage girl whose rape kit had gone untested for more than a decade.

Local news station KOMO reports that police arrested Darin Bolar on charges of kidnapping and repeatedly raping a girl 11 years ago when she was just 14 years old.

The reason it took so long to discover Bolar’s alleged link to the victim’s sexual assault, reports KOMO, is that her rape kit went unexamined for years — and was one of more than 1,000 rape kits that have been languishing in a backlog that has only just recently been addressed.

As KOMO explains, former Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole in 2015 started an initiative to start going through all of the backlogged rape kits.

“Cases had to meet certain criteria to be sent to the state crime lab for testing, but O’Toole’s announcement prompted Seattle police to send each kit along for examination,” KOMO explains.

Bolar’s alleged rape of a 14-year-old 11 years ago was not the first time he had been arrested for sex crimes, as he was convicted in 1993 of third-degree child rape for assaulting a teenage girl while she was at an amusement park.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren leads Democrats in spirited first 2020 debate

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Ten Democrats clashed in the first debate of the 2020 presidential race Wednesday with Elizabeth Warren cementing her status as a top-tier candidate and several underdogs using the issue of immigration to clamor for the limelight.

The biggest American political debate since the 2016 presidential campaign is occurring over two nights in Miami, climaxing Thursday with former vice president Joe Biden squaring off against nine challengers, including number two candidate Bernie Sanders.

But Wednesday's first take was a spirited encounter between Democrats like ex-congressman Beto O'Rourke, Senator Cory Booker, former San Antonio mayor Julian Castro and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on subjects as varied as health care, economic inequality, climate action, gun violence, Iran and immigration.

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Here are 4 winners and 9 losers from the first 2020 Democratic primary debate

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With ten candidates on stage Wednesday, the opening debate of the 2020 Democratic primary in Miami was a packed mess. And this was only the first course in a two-part event — 10 more candidates will debate on the following night.

A crowded field makes it difficult to stand out, and that means that even after a big night like a debate, the most likely result is that not much changes. But the debate was still significant, giving candidates the chance to exceed, meet, or fall below expectations for their performances.

Here's a list — necessarily subjective, of course — of the people who came out on the top when the dust was settled, and those who came out on the bottom.

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Here are 3 ways Julián Castro stood out in the first Democratic Debate

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There were many predictions going into the first Democratic debate on MSNBC, but no one predicted that Julián Castro would break out from the crowd.

Check out the top three ways Castro stood out from the crowd.

Immigration:

The former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development was the outright winner of the immigration section of the debate

It should "piss us all off," Castro said about the father and his little girl who were found face-down in the shores of the Rio Grande River this week. “It’s heartbreaking."

Castro is a second generation American who got into specifics on immigration policy, calling for an outright "Marshall Plan" style of action for Guatemala and Honduras. He joined with other Democrats calling for an end to President Donald Trump's family separation policy, but he then suggested ending the "metering" of legitimate asylum seekers.

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